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When French Women Cook: A Gastronomic Memoir Hardcover – May 8, 2002
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First, the recipes are wonderful. The saute of wild mushrooms is the best. The browned veal stock took me alot of research on epicurious.com (reviewing other recipes) to fill in the missing steps. Once I experimented with it, I thought it was excellent. I never appreciated the importance of homemade stock until I read this book. Now I have lots of it ready for defrosting. But the book has more to offer than recipes.
This book is perhaps at its best in that it sheds light on a way of life that has passed or is passing. It provides insight into the very different regions and origins of the people of early twentieth century France. I came away with a new appreciation for the people and their cuisine. A very worthwhile investment.
Madeleine Kamman is an odd duck in the pantheon of English language writers on French cuisine. She is really a cookbook author of the first order, especially with her excellent text `The New Making of a Cook', but she has always been a bit in the shadow of Julia Child, Elizabeth David, and Richard Olney. According to Child's biographer, there was even a substantial amount of rancor towards Child on Kamman's part, after the success of Child's book and TV shows and before Kamman achieved recognition with her original `The Making of a Cook'.
Like the other three notable books in this genre, this is a cookbook which is meant to be read from cover to cover. It's culinary content and its anecdotal introductions to each of the chapters are all great reading. The book tells the story of eight French women cooks, all of whom Mme.Read more ›
The recipes are complicated, using crazy ingredients and completely not for anyone under the supervision of a cardiologist (every one consumes sticks upon sticks of butter, gobs of heavy cream and is usually wrapped in some sort of pork product.) But the memories are vivid, gorgeous and well worth the trip. I probably won't be roasting a hare anytime soon, or going on a hike to find my own mushrooms, but I love this book. It's a beautiful page from history that should be read by anyone who loves food and family and a splash or two of good French wine.
I made the Heavy Cream Brioche, which mixes like a cake mix and bakes in a bundt pan. It was easy and delicious with a cake-like, crispy crust and a rich, tender crumb.
Wonderful cookbook! An absolute joy!
This is a person with deep memories of World War II and the changes in France, such as the rural backwater of Brittany, eventually was connected to Paris via the high speed train, and soon lost much of the handcrafted, natural foods that made this region so unique. This book covers these regions, including the Savoie, the French Alps--a region usually visited only by skiers and which has its own cuisine and foods. Each chapter is a region, with a memory of a woman who cooked there, someone close to Kamman. I loved the story of Eugenie in Alsace, where Kamman tracks down a family legend, Aunt Alwine. I lived near Alsace, and the distinctive and magnificent cuisine was something we explored with constant delight. So I have a good recipe here for "Flammkuche" (a kind of onion pizza), Lentil Soup with Bratwurst and Spaetzle. I have a lot of Badische (German) cookbooks with the same, but Kamman's versions are written up with such detail and commentary that they succeed.
Her writing and memoirs about these women and her life in various areas of France is as poignant as the writing of M. F. K. Fisher. Her cooking technique is of the highest caliber. This is one of my treasured books, and I replaced the copy I had lost over the years, when we moved back to the US. If you are interested in French cuisine, I highly recommend you read this. I don't think you will be disappointed. As for me, I read and re-read this simply for the essays. Let alone the recipes, everything from brioche to coquilles St. Jacques.
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A nice cook book, which includes some background info. on French culinary regions and the author's experience there. I was a bit put off by the intro. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Minniemouse
Magnificent work from this seller.Will always buy from the Cat Man.Published on August 2, 2014 by George Schminky
Sooooooooooooo French I love the stories that go along with the food and flavors.............great cook book . I am French Basque and bought this book for my girls tooPublished on January 7, 2014 by trish morland
Wonderful recipes. Not the usual coq au vin and croissants of most books in this genre. Great family recipes off the beaten path.Published on October 22, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I bought this book for my husband because of our love of France and their wonderful food. But I have to laugh and say he hasn't even touched it. Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by Diane
I was disappointed, hard to read because of font and not well written, recipes not defined, would not recommend, needed more story information to be informativePublished on January 22, 2013 by Mary Boulton-Haling
I am very happy with the book. It arrived in great condition, and was shipped and delivered on time. Others may find this book as interesting as I do.Published on February 26, 2012 by chocmakr